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Written Answers — Home Office: Counter-terrorism: Departmental Responsibilities (5 Jul 2018)

Ben Wallace: Our updated and strengthened CONTEST strategy comprises Prevent, Pursue, Protect and Prepare work strands, each reducing an element of the risk from terrorism (intent, capability, vulnerability and impact), and collectively providing a balanced and comprehensive end to end response to the threat we face. Prevent safeguards and supports people vulnerable to radicalisation, to stop them from...

Written Answers — Home Office: Counter-terrorism (5 Jul 2018)

Ben Wallace: We do not provide detailed information about the funding allocation of local Prevent activity.

Written Answers — Home Office: Counter-terrorism (5 Jul 2018)

Ben Wallace: As per the Government’s transparency and accountability policy all expenditure (individual invoices, grant payments, expense payments or other such transactions) is reported and published on the GOV.UK website. The minimum requirement from 2010‐11 for central government entities is to publish transactions over £25,000.

Written Answers — Home Office: Counter-terrorism (5 Jul 2018)

Ben Wallace: In delivery of the Prevent programme, resources are focused in those locations where the threat from terrorism and radicalisation is highest. We support these communities to develop bespoke projects, best suited to tackle the threat from radicalisation, based on our collective analysis of the local threat picture in priority areas.

Written Answers — Home Office: Proscribed Organisations: Northern Ireland (4 Jul 2018)

Ben Wallace: The Home Office collects and publishes data on persons arrested for terrorism-related offences. This includes the primary offence for which a person is charged and convicted – where a person is charged/convicted of more than one offence, only the principal offence is shown (this is the most serious offence based upon the maximum penalty for each offence). The Home Office also collects...

Written Answers — Home Office: Anti-terrorism Control Orders: Libya (4 Jul 2018)

Ben Wallace: We do not comment on the personal circumstances of individuals who were subject to control orders.

Public Bill Committee: Counter-Terrorism and Border Security Bill: Terrorism reinsurance (3 Jul 2018)

Ben Wallace: I listened to the passion that the hon. Member for Bermondsey and Old Southwark has about his constituency. I have heard similar passion from my colleague the hon. Member for Manchester Central (Lucy Powell), who also argued for such things after the arena attack. I understand the challenges that businesses—especially small businesses—have faced, but this is one of those moments...

Public Bill Committee: Counter-Terrorism and Border Security Bill: Terrorism reinsurance (3 Jul 2018)

Ben Wallace: I dispute the hon. Gentleman’s view of our failure to address the gap. If someone is a victim of another terrorist attack—even one that happened five years ago—they would quite rightly see it as completely unjust that their event, their damage, their loss of business or their injury was not deemed important enough to make it into the deadline of 1 January 2017. I spent my...

Public Bill Committee: Counter-Terrorism and Border Security Bill: Terrorism reinsurance (3 Jul 2018)

Ben Wallace: The Government’s proposal in the Bill is about the future. It is about recognising, because of the lessons learned from attacks such as Borough market and the Manchester Arena, that the type of attack we are seeing now is having a major impact on business continuity and that the terrorism insurance market does not cover that enough in some areas. That is why we are taking action. I wish...

Public Bill Committee: Counter-Terrorism and Border Security Bill: Terrorism reinsurance (3 Jul 2018)

Ben Wallace: Pool Re insures insurers. Because of the way in which Pool Re works, the amendment would effectively intervene in existing contracts made between insurers liable for additional risk, and customers. It is not customer-facing insurance; it is not a state version of Aviva or anyone else. That is one of our biggest challenges. There are cases in which the Government seek to use grant money to...

Public Bill Committee: Counter-Terrorism and Border Security Bill: Terrorism reinsurance (3 Jul 2018)

Ben Wallace: I am very sympathetic to the aims of the amendment, and the clear issue that people who are going about their business not thinking about terrorism become victims. They run small businesses, and then without much ado they go through the terrible attack that we saw on London Bridge. Visiting people was amazing, and I pay tribute to the courage and bravery of the constituents of the hon. Member...

Public Bill Committee: Counter-Terrorism and Border Security Bill: Terrorism reinsurance (3 Jul 2018)

Ben Wallace: That is why our preference is for those companies to mutualise their risk through their profits. As I said earlier, our challenge is perhaps a difference of opinion on timing. The MIB is having this vote, and if the Government were right now to indicate, “Don’t worry, we will take it out of Pool Re,” those insurance companies would feel less compelled to vote to mutualise...

Public Bill Committee: Counter-Terrorism and Border Security Bill: Terrorism reinsurance (3 Jul 2018)

Ben Wallace: I hear hon. Members’ concerns, but for that reason, and to see where we get to with the MIB and its vote, I ask that the hon. Member for Bermondsey and Old Southwark does not press his amendment. We will explore what more can be done. I understand the concerns, especially about vehicles being used as weapons. I believe that our insurance companies, which are on the frontline in their...

Public Bill Committee: Counter-Terrorism and Border Security Bill: Retention of biometric data for counter-terrorism purposes etc (3 Jul 2018)

Ben Wallace: I am open to the hon. Lady’s suggestion. In fact, where Prevent works best already, those communities do help. In parts of Birmingham there are some good examples where those communities have helped to shape Prevent with the local Prevent co-ordinator, and it has a really good impact. I am completely pragmatic about how we design Prevent below the national level of the Government and...

Public Bill Committee: Counter-Terrorism and Border Security Bill: Retention of biometric data for counter-terrorism purposes etc (3 Jul 2018)

Ben Wallace: My rebuttal to that would be: what is the gain? What would the reviewer do? Yes, we can be more accurate; we can reduce from 7,000 referrals to fewer, but what is interesting is that in the two years of the published figures we see exactly that. Prevent is evolving; we are seeing better reporting and we are seeing the sections of society that are and are not reporting. We see exactly the same...

Public Bill Committee: Counter-Terrorism and Border Security Bill: Retention of biometric data for counter-terrorism purposes etc (3 Jul 2018)

Ben Wallace: The amendment would require the Home Secretary to review whether local authorities have sufficient resource and expertise to carry out their duties relating to Prevent. In responding, I will say a little about the work of the Channel programme, on which the Home Office works closely with local authorities to support individuals vulnerable to terrorism, before turning to local...

Public Bill Committee: Counter-Terrorism and Border Security Bill: Retention of biometric data for counter-terrorism purposes etc (3 Jul 2018)

Ben Wallace: These Committees can be quite dry. We talk about, for example, “subsection (5), paragraphs (d) and (e)”. I am grateful to the Chair for her flexibility in merging the amendments with the stand part debate so that we can have a proper discussion about Prevent. Members of Bill Committees are often encouraged by the usual channels not to engage so much, and it is welcome that that...

Public Bill Committee: Counter-Terrorism and Border Security Bill: Retention of biometric data for counter-terrorism purposes etc (3 Jul 2018)

Ben Wallace: We need a Prevent strategy on wine gums. The importance of publishing the data is to indicate how Prevent fits into broader safeguarding, putting it into perspective and challenging a number of the myths. How it fits into broader safeguarding is in the simple numbers: 7,000 Prevent referrals a year, of which just over half are youths under the age of about 25, I think, compared with 621,000...

Public Bill Committee: Counter-Terrorism and Border Security Bill: Retention of biometric data for counter-terrorism purposes etc (3 Jul 2018)

Ben Wallace: I would be happy to talk to the hon. Member for Ealing Central and Acton afterwards about the details of terrorists’ profiles rather than the Prevent element, but I would be ruled out of order if I wandered into that. The main issue about the Prevent duty was that within the numbers, we obviously see a significant number of young people. We see more people who are vulnerable, depending...


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